I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Night Shift by Alex Finlay
Genres: Mystery, Thriller
Published by Minotaur Books on March 1, 2022
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Also by this author: Every Last Fear
It’s New Year’s Eve 1999. Y2K is expected to end in chaos: planes falling from the sky, elevators plunging to earth, world markets collapsing. A digital apocalypse. None of that happens. But at a Blockbuster Video in Linden, New Jersey, four teenage girls working the night shift are attacked. Only one survives. Police quickly identify a suspect who flees and is never seen again.
Fifteen years later, in the same town, four teenage employees working late at an ice cream store are attacked, and again only one makes it out alive.
Both surviving victims recall the killer speaking only a few final words... “Goodnight, pretty girl.”
In the aftermath, three lives intersect: the survivor of the Blockbuster massacre who’s forced to relive her tragedy; the brother of the original suspect, who’s convinced the police have it wrong; and the FBI agent, who’s determined to solve both cases. On a collision course toward the truth, all three lives will forever be changed, and not everyone will make it out alive.
Twisty, poignant, and redemptive, The Night Shift is a story about the legacy of trauma and how the broken can come out on the other side, and it solidifies Alex Finlay as one of the new leading voices in the world of thrillers.
Here is what I thought
I really enjoyed Every Last Fear by this author from last year and so his newest book was on my most anticipated list and I am happy to say that I did enjoy it though maybe not as much as the other book.
It’s told in two different timelines with 4 povs but I will give this author credit for doing this very well because I am not a huge duel timeline kind of person. I can handle multiple povs if they are done well.
First it starts off in 1999 where at a blockbuster the closing crew is attacked and there is only one survivor. Then it goes to 2015 which is the main timeline and there is another similiar attack at an ice cream place and again only one survivor.
The survivors are two of the povs then we also get the FBI agent who is asked to look in on things to see if the blockbuster attack and ice cream killer could be the same one as the blockbuster suspect got away. You also have the pov of Chris who is the brother of the blockbuster suspect.
I know it sounds complicated but its not really once you get int things. I do think that it’s good to go in with not knowing a hole lot so you can try and figure out what is going on, so I an not going to say much about the plot.
I will say that I thought the first half of it was a little slow but the last half ramps up a long and gets really interesting. I guessed one of the major twist, but there was still enough twist that I didn’t figure out that it was still a really interesting read. The author is very good at putting together the timelines and making things make sense in the end.
If you enjoy thrillers give it a try!